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MileSplit LIVE: Previewing the FSU Pre-State Invitational Oct 4, 2017

Editor's Note: Newsome (Florida) High senior Bailey Hertenstein is not running in this year's edition of the FSU Pre-State Invitational. The top returning finisher from last year is Colquitt County (Georgia) High's Elizabeth Funderburk, who was was third in 2016. 

MileSplit LIVE: Alex Maier Makes Adjustment And Still Dominates Oct 2, 2017

The adjustment wasn't overly dramatic, but it still presented some differences. Once the McNeil Invitational in Round Rock was cancelled due to rainfall, Flower Mound (Texas) High junior Alex Maier had to think about how he would attack a new course near Houston at the Nike South Invitational on Sept. 30."Overall, the mentality didn't shift too much," Maier said afterward, a few minutes after winning the meet in 15:18.80. "I just tried to come out here and run my hardest. I think time wise, because McNeil is a little bit of a faster course, you tend to see faster times run on there then here. But overall, the preparation was the same."  A year ago, Maier forged his breakthrough race at McNeil, running a still-personal record 14:43.27. The course at Nike South, on soccer fields at The Woodlands, presented more switchbacks and terrain differences, and therefore challenges.The time was slightly behind pace from last season -- and seven seconds behind what he ran on the same course at NXN Regionals last November -- which meant that Maier ultimately had to evaluate his race differently then he did last year. "Obviously, I want to continue progressing and time is a really big thing for me," he said. "You know, competition changes, but time remains consistent. That's the best way to compete with yourself and improve." But ultimately, Maier was happy with his performance. He's concentrated more on the larger plan, which involves helping his team place as high as possible at the UIL Class 6A championships. "Right now, I'm not really focused on the individual stuff after state," he said. "I'm breaking it up. Right now, I want to help my team as much as I can for state."He continued with that thought. "I try not to put too much pressure on myself," he said. "In the end, I'm doing this because I love doing this, I love the team, I love the guys on it and I love the sport. I don't try to get caught up on too many things. 'Oh, I was this place last year. I have to do this, I'm expected to do this.' I just try and roll with it week by week and do the best I can and the best I can can help my team the most."

MileSplit LIVE Episode 7: All The Juice You Missed From The Week Sep 10, 2017

Watch MileSplit LIVE Episode 7!Episode 7 Topics1:20 - Intro & National Performers of the Week Winners2:09 - MileSplit Roy Griak Prediction Contest Result3:28 - Interview with Springville Coach Samantha Smith 12:45 - Springville talk and analyzing the XC talent out of Utah14:03 - Recruiting Rundown16:56 - Roy Griak Boys Recap:  Great Oak vs. Wayzata22:45 - Roy Griak Girls Recap: Emily Covert, Grace Ping, Girls Competition24:34 - Roy Griak Recap: Derick Peters' Huge Win25:42 - Best Team Performances From The Weekend (Milton Is Legit)29:30 - NCAA vs. Ryan Trahan36:46 - Buy or Sell? Springville over Timpanogos for state title38:17 - Buy or Sell? Boy goes sub 14:40 at McNeil Invite in Texas39:18 - Buy or Sell? Desert Vista is the best girls meet of the weekend41:15 - New Flo50 boys team rankings (Milton makes huge leap)44:15 - New Flo50 girls team rankings (Powerhouse FM moves down to #3)50:57 - New #BeatTravis Prediction Contest for MileSplit t-shirt